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April 6, 2007

UI School Of Music Honors Student Scholars And Artists April 22

The University of Iowa School of Music will present its annual Honors Convocation, showcasing winners of the school's chamber music competition, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

During the concert the School of Music will also honor the 76 students who received named music scholarships for the 2006-07 academic year, along with graduating students from the same period. The concert is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Mark Weiger, associate director of the School of Music and the coordinator of the Honors Concert, commented, "This event is an arena in which the School of Music can acknowledge our best students in performance and academics, identify and recognize the accomplishments, awards, grants, recordings and publications of our faculty, and give tribute to our any professors who plan to retire."

Featured onstage for this year's convocation will be:

-- The Old Capitol Brass Quintet -- Peter Gillette, Melissa Brobston, Matthew Hellenbrand, Lucas Moore, and Josh Calkin -- performing the "Dance Suite from Terpsichore," music of Michael Praetorius arranged by Allan Dean;

-- Ben Dattilo, Patty Haman and Jennifer Augello performing the Grand Trio in A minor, op. 8 no. 2, by Jacques Bouffil;

-- The Honors Woodwind Quintet -- Megan Luljak, Mark Fitkin, Cheryl Poduska, Laura Hirschey and Alissa Coussens -- performing Theodore Blumer's Quintet;

-- Pianist Yee Sik Wong performing music by Robert Schumann; and

-- The Sorcerers' Apprentice Quartet -- Stuart Breczinski, Mark Fitkin, Jack McCauley and Jeff Tilghman -- performing music by Mozart.

"These performers represent the best and most talented students within our program," Weiger said. "Among them are winners of the prestigious Iowa Council for Arts Award, the Annual Concerto Competition and coveted scholarship awards including the Himie Voxman scholarship, the Meredith Willson scholarship, the Angelo Garzio or Paul Anderson Horn scholarship,the Irwin Roshheim Clarinet Prize, the Adelaide Bernev Trickey scholarship, the Outstanding Graduate Student Award and the Rhodes Dunlop Award.

"Most are Honors students, Dean's List students, and still others here are Presidential Scholars, but together they are artists on the stage.

"It's a great pleasure for us to provide a showcase for these outstanding students. It's an opportunity to recognize the great contributions they make to the school, to share their talents with the public and at the same time to provide them with another step toward their development as professional musicians."

The winning chamber groups are all active ensembles, coached by faculty and selected by audition.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at

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